MSc in Political Science

Aarhus University

Program Description

MSc in Political Science

Aarhus University

A BROAD, RESEARCH-ORIENTED DEGREE PROGRAMME

Does diversity jeopardise the welfare state? How is political radicalisation prevented? Why are Scandinavians more trustful than others? At the Department of Political Science our objective is to choose the right research strategies, methods and theoretical concepts that will enable us to answer such questions. This may involve conducting surveys, statistical modelling or interviews, spending hours at the library or going on field trips to the Middle East. The MSc in Political Science is the flagship degree of our top European political science department, whose high ratings and research attract academics from around the globe to its vibrant community of scholars. This is a high-quality, two-year programme for those who seek a comprehensive political science education focusing on research design and methodology. The programme gives students the possibility of specialising in the subfields of comparative politics, political theory, political sociology, international relations, public policy or public administration.

QUALITY TEACHING IN AN INFORMAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

The MSc in Political Science is dedicated to the highest-quality teaching in an informal and egalitarian learning environment. Students are always welcome to approach the teaching staff, whose doors are open to anybody wishing to propose a supervised reading course, for example. Students are expected to engage actively in classroom debates. They also collaborate in small-scale comparative projects that make the most of the international study environment.

VARIETY AND OPPORTUNITIES

The MSc in Political Science is flexible, giving students the opportunity to design their own course programme. Talented students may even be offered a chance to work as research assistants on on-going projects. Some students will spend a semester abroad at one of our partner institutions or do an internship in a company or organisation.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Notification of changes to the Master’s degree programme in political science

From the summer admissions 2016, there will be restricted admission to the Master’s degree programme in political science. If more qualified applicants apply than the number of available places, the qualified applicants will be prioritised according to the following criteria:

  • Average mark for courses on a qualifying Bachelor’s degree programme at the time of application (34%)
  • Average mark for relevant courses (33%)
  • Other relevant courses (33%)

The implementation of restricted admission is subject to the accreditation of a new English-language track on the Master’s degree programme in political science. If the programme is awarded accreditation, two tracks will be offered, one in Danish and one in English. As a rule, there will be 200 places available on the Danish track and 30 places on the English track. These numbers are a guideline only and may be subject to changes by the university.

The following Bachelor’s degree programmes will qualify students for admission to the Master’s degree programme in political science, both tracks.

  • Bachelor’s degree programme in political science from Aarhus University.
  • Bachelor’s degree programme in political science from the University of Copenhagen.
  • Bachelor’s degree programme in political science from the University of Southern Denmark.
  • Bachelor’s degree programme in political science from the University of Iceland.
  • A Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 80 ECTS within the fields of political science (comparative politics, political institutions, political conduct, political theory, political sociology, international politics, policy analysis and public administration and political science methodologies) and a minimum of 60 ECTS within the fields of political science (see above) or general social sciences (e.g. methodology, economics, sociology, psychology or law) and a minimum of 20 ECTS of political science research methods.

For both tracks, English at upper secondary B level is required. On the Danish track, Danish at upper secondary A level is required.

CAREER

The MSc degree in Political Science provides access to a number of jobs in both public administration and in private sector companies and organisations. Journalist, headhunter, consultant or folk high school principal are examples of the job profiles of political science graduates, but most graduates are employed as heads of departments or managers in Danish organisations and government institutions. The EU and the embassies also take their share of graduates with an MSc degree in Political Science.

You can also undertake further politology studies by completing a PhD degree, which could lead you into a carreer in research.

STUDENT LIFE

The Department of Political Science places great emphasis on social activities. The department offers a range of activities in different associations. You can choose to become a member of the editorial staff of the department’s newsletter or join a number of social and academic associations. The Graduate Association was set up by students, and it organises a number of social and academic events. The Graduate Association also founded the IFSK Conexus, a network database that offers inspiration and specific knowledge sharing about topics such as jobs, study periods abroad, student jobs, work experience and future workplaces.

The Department of Political Science is located in the middle of the Aarhus campus near the “social lake” complex, together with the Department of Business Administration and Department of Law. The students meet in the The Social Sciences canteen, and the department's location in the middle of campus also ensures easy access to other facilities at the university, such as the State and University Library, the lakeside lecture theatres, etc.

Research at the Department of Political Science focuses on the main areas of this subject: comparative politics, international politics, public administration, public politics, sociology and methodology as well as political theory.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated January 19, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
Duration
Duration
2 years
Full time
Price
Price
9,000 EUR
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Deadline
Start date Sept. 2016
Place
Denmark Aarhus
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Duration 2 years
Price 9,000 EUR
The MSc is free for EU/EEA and Swiss students